September 2012

Back-to-School Wellness | Southshore Community Center Oktoberfest

The air was warm. The evening was young. Lake Minnetonka fishing guide Kolt Ringer had his reasons for believing 11-year-old Ethan Bosacker’s line was caught on a weed.


There are many reasons to go vegetarian: political, emotional, nutritional. Thanks to innovations in farming, refrigeration and transportation, there are a gazillion vegetables at our beck and call, each with endless ways to prepare and serve.


Fletcher, an English cocker spaniel, knows how to embrace summer. Enjoying the breeze on Jennings Bay on Lake Minnetonka, this 35-pound, 4-year-old dog adores letting the lake wind blow in his face, as any good Minnesotan would—human or otherwise.


Whether you’re German, of German heritage or a lover of German fare, you won’t want to miss the free Oktoberfest celebration at the Southshore Community Center on October 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.


Although there’s no denying eating can foster relationships and nourish the soul, it’s easy to overindulge, lose sight of our waistlines and the real reason we eat. Still, with such delectable options everywhere we turn, it’s hard to strike a balance.


Five years ago, Dawn Christesen scoured the internet looking for a dog for her elderly mother to foster to keep her company.


It’s back-to-school season, and luckily for local families, the Hennepin County library offers local and online support for learners of all ages. The library system, nationally recognized as one of the best in the United States, houses six of its 41 branches in Lake Minnetonka area.


There really isn’t much that trumps a hot meal and some fine conversation. And if you happen to live alone or far from loved ones, that just makes those things all the more special. The Western Communities Action Networks Inc.


It’s that time of year again—when teens trade in their daily sleep-in routine for the dreaded alarm clock, kids are cooped up in classrooms and shuttled to after-school activities, and parents everywhere are stocking up on tissues and cough drops.


Some folks have that preternatural ability to see what isn’t there. They can look beyond any flaws, foibles or failings, and see the possibility of what could be.


Tom Rob Smith's debut novel, Child 44, remains to this day one of the best thrillers I have ever read. Exciting, adventuresome, at times disturbing and extraordinarily original, Child 44 is one of those rare debuts that seems impossible to top.



Like chef-driven restaurants, architect-designed homes are uniquely wonderful, offering creative solutions that avoid the mundane. The AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour, held September 22–23, is your opportunity to see 17–18 such hom


Stages Theatre Company’s upcoming season will delight audiences with inspiring productions. Of the eight plays on the schedule, six are original Stages Theatre Company commissions and two are based on Caldecott Medal books.


Duck for President, through October 21 


Jessica Rosenberg says she was designing Revlon and Aveda products to make people feel good about themselves when she had an epiphany: To truly make people feel good, she would have to start from the inside out.



Inspired by English-speaking families with children in local Chinese immersion programs, Juliet Lee recently opened an immersion preschool program in the lake area.